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BrainCheck Raises $1.5 Million in Additional Capital To Expand Healthcare Pipeline

HOUSTON (PRWEB) — MAY 31, 2017
BrainCheck, a mobile brain health tracking solution, announced today that it has completed a $1.5 million round of funding to deliver on its promise of bringing its innovative brain performance platform to people everywhere. Additional funding led by True Wealth Ventures and other contributors brings the total seed funding to $4.5 million since the company was founded in 2015.

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This most recent round of funding will support BrainCheck as the company expands global sales and delivery across its multi-million dollar cognitive health pipeline. The company currently empowers 15,000 customers with its world-class brain health tracking solution including individuals, athletic teams, senior organizations, and doctors around the world.

BrainCheck is the result of 20 years of research conducted at the Eagleman Laboratory for Perception and Action at Baylor College of Medicine. As one of the few accessible cognitive health applications on the market, BrainCheck is positioned to change millions of lives by helping individuals better manage their overall brain health and recover from traumatic brain injuries.

“Our vision is to empower people everywhere to take control of their cognitive health by making our platform accessible, simple, and interactive. As a result of this funding, we are now able to accelerate our growth, expand our channels, and deliver on our promise of democratizing brain health,” said Dr. Yael Katz, Co-founder and CEO of BrainCheck. “Whether the concern is a head injury, memory loss, or cognitive impairment, we’re scaling our ability to deliver rapid and reliable cognitive health monitoring for families, caregivers, and clinicians to positively affect change and improve outcomes.”

Today only 2% of venture dollars go to women-led startups and 17% to those with a woman on the leadership team. “We’re thrilled that BrainCheck CEO, Dr. Yael Katz, is joining this community of venture-backed, women-led businesses who have historically received less investor attention. BrainCheck illustrates a massive opportunity to have more women driving healthcare innovation,” said Kerry Rupp, True Wealth Ventures’ General Partner.

Women’s health products and technologies represent an overlooked market opportunity due to the lack of women investors in venture capital. True Wealth Ventures believes there are clear advantages for companies with women on the management team to design products for, sell to, and service women’s healthcare needs. More women-led venture capital firms and women leaders targeting healthcare will bring greater opportunities to solve unaddressed patient needs.

BrainCheck occupies a unique position to deliver cognitive health solutions to the millions of women suffering from brain trauma and dementia. In sports such as soccer, concussions are 1.5 times more common in females than males, yet nearly all concussion research has been done on men. Of the estimated 5.5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, two-thirds of them are women. All while two-thirds of dementia caregivers are women.

In concussion research there is a need for women’s brains for study due to insufficient research into female concussions. Maria Carrillo, chief science officer for the Alzheimer’s Association, has called on researchers to address the gaps in our understanding of increased dementia risk in women. With its investment in BrainCheck, True Wealth Ventures is advancing solutions that help female patients, their families, and caretakers to quickly and proactively assess their brain health data with an affordable, convenient, and personalized solution.

“The accumulation of women impacted by cognitive health conditions, either directly or as primary caretakers, lends a clear advantage to women healthcare leaders to better serve the needs of today’s female patients,” said Kerry Rupp. “In the United States, women make over 80% of healthcare decisions for their families. Using BrainCheck to monitor their cognitive health, women and their families are more prepared to understand and track what is happening in their brain and act on that information.”

As part of the announcement, True Wealth Ventures’ General Partner, Kerry Rupp, will join BrainCheck’s Board of Directors. Other board members include Dr. Yael Katz, Dr. David Eagleman, Dr. George McLendon, and Daniel Cotlar.

About BrainCheck
BrainCheck’s goal is to democratize cognitive health by bringing its interactive testing platform to people everywhere. Available on iPhone, iPad and desktop, and in English and Spanish, BrainCheck assesses multiple cognitive domains in minutes and delivers results that can be shared with family members, caregivers, and clinicians. BrainCheck is used by individuals, athletic teams, senior organizations, and doctors around the world, and is spreading rapidly. The platform also includes special content by renowned neuroscientist, author and speaker Dr. David Eagleman to give people insights into the inner workings of the brain and a better understanding of their brain health. To learn more, please visit http://www.braincheck.com.

About True Wealth Ventures
True Wealth Ventures is a start-up venture capital fund for women with ideas to change the world. Founded by Sara Brand and Kerry Rupp, the fund focuses on women-led companies in the consumer health and sustainability sectors. Companies founded by women have consistently demonstrated stronger returns than the market but are still under-represented as a share of VC investments, and female founders are uniquely positioned to craft consumer propositions given that women make 85% of all household purchasing and 80% of healthcare decisions. True Wealth Ventures is one of a very small number of women-led early-stage VC funds in the country that is also focused on gender diverse teams, and the only one based in Texas. For more information, visit www.truewealthvc.com.

Health Museum Partners with David Eagleman’s BrainCheck, Bringing Cutting-edge Neuroscience and Technology to Its Guests

HOUSTON (PRWEB) — APRIL 24, 2017
The John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science is now partnered with BrainCheck, an innovative technology that allows anyone, anywhere to track their cognitive health, and share results with their physicians. Members and guests can sign up for its free edition to check their own brain health on the museum’s website.

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BrainCheck founder, Dr. David Eagleman, formerly at Baylor College of Medicine and now at Stanford University, is one of the most famous faces of neuroscience, with his New York Times best-selling books and Emmy-nominated PBS Series “The Brain.” “With BrainCheck available through the museum, anyone can measure their brain health and gain insight into what’s happening under the hood,” Eagleman said.

The BrainCheck platform uses interactive neurocognitive tests to measure brain performance in multiple domains. The tests are fun and easy-to-use, with versions geared for both children and older adults.

Dr. Melanie Johnson, president and CEO of the Health Museum, spoke on the partnership and its benefits to the community, saying, “We are thrilled to be partnering with BrainCheck to offer our members and guests the opportunity to glean information about their brain health. David Eagleman has done such incredible work in the field of neurocognitive testing and we’re delighted that guests can log on to our website and start tracking their own brain health with a few simple steps. We believe that the future of health is intrinsically linked with technology and we are always on the lookout for partnerships that help us connect our members and guests with resources and information not previously available to them.”

To kick off the new partnership, the museum hosted “The Secret Lives of the Brain,” a special lecture with Dr. Eagleman. Later this year, the museum will feature an exhibit dedicated to BrainCheck so families can learn the importance of brain health and neuroscience and interact with the app on-site.

For more information or to sign up for the app, visit http://www.braincheck.com.

About BrainCheck
BrainCheck’s goal is to democratize cognitive health by bringing its interactive testing platform to people everywhere. Available on iPhone, iPad and desktop, and in English and Spanish, BrainCheck assesses multiple cognitive domains in minutes and delivers results that can be shared with family members, caregivers, and clinicians. BrainCheck is used by individuals, athletic teams, senior living organizations, and doctors around the world, and is spreading rapidly. The platform also includes special content by renowned neuroscientist, author and speaker Dr. David Eagleman to give people insights into the inner workings of the brain and a better understanding of their brain health. To learn more, please visit http://www.braincheck.com.

About the Health Museum
The Health Museum is committed to excellence in innovative and interactive health science experiences. The most interactive and popular science learning center of its kind, the museum inspires passion and curiosity in health, medical sciences, and the human body. The museum provides a variety of programs for adults and children alike. It is also home to the McGovern 4D Theater, “the Amazing Body Gallery,” and seasonal and traveling exhibits. The museum offers affordable memberships for individuals and families. To learn more, please visit http://www.thehealthmuseum.org.

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BrainCheck and SportsWareOnLine Deep Integration Helps Athletic Trainers Better Manage Student Brain Health

HOUSTON (PRWEB) — MARCH 27, 2017
Athletic trainers now have a better way to test, monitor and track the brain health of their athletes throughout the year or after an injury with one simple platform, thanks to BrainCheck’s end-to-end integration with CSMi’s SportsWareOnLine.

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The partnership, which began in June 2016, has led to over 10,000 athletes currently using the joint platform.

“Building on our success, we have expanded our integration to include the ability to test athletes within the SportsWare system, where athletes’ results will automatically be added and tracked for athletic trainers and coaches to easily access,” said Yael Katz, CEO of BrainCheck. “We continue to add many sought-after features,” she added.

BrainCheck’s application uses interactive neurocognitive tests to measure athletes’ brain performance, allowing athletes to track changes over time.

“With SportsWare recording Sports Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT3) and Vestibular/Ocular Motor Screening (VOMS) data, the partnership with BrainCheck and its neurocognitive assessment tools made perfect sense in our efforts to continually expand the concussion management solutions we offer our customers,” said Rich Potash, CEO of CSMi.

The pairing is the first integration of a mobile cognitive assessment platform with the SportsWare product, which is the leading athlete injury tracking system in the U.S., currently serving over 2.5 million student athletes.

About BrainCheck
BrainCheck is the result of 20 years of research conducted at the Eagleman Laboratory for Perception and Action at the Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. David Eagleman, BrainCheck founder and CSO, has been studying and creating reliable, noninvasive ways to understand the inner workings of the brain and assess brain function with innovative neurocognitive testing.

BrainCheck uses gold-standard neurocognitive tests and turns them into interactive mobile games to provide a simple approach to tracking brain health. BrainCheck is available on iPhone, iPad and desktop, and in English and Spanish. To learn more, please visit http://www.braincheck.com.

About CSMi
CSMi designs and manufactures computer-based measurement, training, and documentation solutions. CSMi’s product portfolio offers solutions for athletic trainers, physical therapists, and exercise scientists. Established in 1982, CSMi’s products are used in hospitals, clinics, athletic training rooms, research centers, industrial sites, and schools around the world. For more information, visit http://www.csmisolutions.com.

BrainCheck and Player’s Health Partner to Better Protect Young Athletes

HOUSTON — FEBRUARY 1, 2017
A partnership between BrainCheck, a rapid, mobile technology to measure brain performance, and Player’s Health, a mobile real-time injury management platform, will help protect young athletes’ health while making injury management protocols easier for athletic trainers, coaches and parents.

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BrainCheck’s application uses interactive neurocognitive tests to measure athletes’ brain performance, allowing them to track changes over time. By integrating with the Player’s Health platform, organizations will have one-stop shopping for injury and brain-performance tracking.

“Through a partnership with BrainCheck, Player’s Health is able to upgrade its interactive and mobile injury management and tracking system by providing baseline tests to customers,” said Tyrre Burks, CEO of Player’s Health. “BrainCheck is a reliable tool for testing protocols and will create a better process for athletic trainers,” he added.

The partnership between BrainCheck and Player’s Health will allow both companies to share its resources and offer a simpler, more effective solution to sharing an athlete’s wellness information between athletic trainers, parents and healthcare providers.

“BrainCheck’s goal is to take care of athletes by democratizing cognitive health. Our partnership with Player’s Health allows parents, athletic trainers, coaches and physicians to collaborate on care for the whole athlete – body and brain,” said Yael Katz, PhD, CEO of BrainCheck. “We’re excited to partner with such an innovative, caring company to achieve this goal.”

Player’s Health’s and BrainCheck’s products are sold separately through each company.

About BrainCheck
BrainCheck is the result of 20 years of research conducted at the Eagleman Laboratory for Perception and Action at the Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. David Eagleman, BrainCheck Founder and CSO, has been studying and creating reliable, noninvasive ways to understand the inner workings of the brain and assess brain function with innovative neurocognitive testing. For more information, visit www.braincheck.com.

About Player’s Health
Player’s Health is an interactive mobile platform designed to allow coaches to quickly and easily document any injury that occurs during practice or games. This promotes real time communication between coaches and parents to best care for the health and wellbeing of youth athletes. Player’s Health HIPAA compliant interface simplifies the flow of youth athlete health information between coach, parent, and healthcare provider. For more information, visit www.playershealth.com.

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BrainCheck Raises $3 Million to Expand Brain Health Tracking Beyond Athletes to Seniors

HOUSTON — OCTOBER 27, 2016
Startup plans to build on early success, expand team and add tools for dementia and other neurocognitive disorders.

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BrainCheck, a mobile brain health tracking solution, announced that it has closed $3 million of initial funding to expand its use in athletics where concussions are a major problem and expand into the senior adult market where dementia is a growing concern.

Founded in 2014 by renowned neuroscientist Dr. David Eagleman, BrainCheck uses simple iPad or desktop screen games to measure, reaction time, visual processing, cognitive processing, coordination and memory in just a few minutes. Thousands of student athletes across multiple sports already use the app to establish their baseline brain function and then check brain performance after an injury and during recovery.

“Professional athletes have doctors on the sideline to test them for concussion symptoms, but students and amateur athletes don’t have that luxury,” said Eagleman, who serves as the company’s chief science officer and also is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine. “BrainCheck makes it easy for them to measure their cognitive function on a normal day and then measure changes after an incident or blow to the head. It’s a tremendous tool for athletes and trainers to be aware of these changes that are often subtle and can be missed.”

Every year, 20 percent of high school athletes sustain a concussion, according to the American Journal of Sports Medicine. A shocking 39 percent of them continue to play after a catastrophic head injury, which puts them at risk for long-term problems such as difficulties with concentration, memory and leading a well-balanced life. BrainCheck currently works with more than 40 large organizations across the country, including school districts, hospitals, YMCAs and youth sports organizations.

After focusing on concussions for the last two years, BrainCheck is now developing new software for dementia sufferers.

“Concussion and dementia are massive problems in desperate need of better solutions,” said George McLendon, an early BrainCheck investor and former provost at Rice University. “BrainCheck has created an easy-to-use platform that anyone can use to check their brain function and watch for changes over time or after an injury.”

BrainCheck was born after 20 years of research conducted at the Eagleman Laboratory for Perception and Action at the Baylor College of Medicine. For generations, doctors and scientists relied on standard pencil and paper tests to measure brain health, but BrainCheck makes these tests accessible to anyone and provides affordable access to brain health data right from anywhere.

“Our amazing team at BrainCheck is building a company that can revolutionize the science of cognitive health,” said CEO Dr. Yael Katz. “By deploying our apps to millions of users, we are able to collect data that will eventually deliver ‘personalized neuroscience.’”

BrainCheck’s goal is to help people understand what’s happening in their brains and help them take individual responsibility for their health. In addition to measuring neurocognitive function at a single point in time, users can log their data and track changes in performance over time.

About BrainCheck
Based in the Texas Medical Center Accelerator (TMCx) in Houston, BrainCheck is an innovative, easy-to-use concussion management system. Developed in the neuroscience laboratory of Dr. David Eagleman at Baylor College of Medicine, BrainCheck facilitates collaboration among members of the care team—increasing safety and awareness—and gives individuals who have had an injury a better way to track their recovery. BrainCheck can be used to support concussion protocols to comply with legal mandates. For more information, visit www.braincheck.com.

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HATCH Pitch 2016 Winners Announced
BrainCheck Wins Hatch Pitch Competition in Austin

AUSTIN (BUSINESS WIRE) — MARCH 14, 2016
HATCH pitch, the revolutionary startup pitch competition, announced its winners at Ballet Austin in Austin, TX held March 13th. BrainCheck, CarForce, and Artiphon, were selected by the judges as the overall best of the best! Each of the 12 finalists had four minutes to pitch their idea before fielding questions from a panel of thirteen corporate, angel, and venture investor judges.

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Finalists were selected from 20 countries and 34 states to participate, and each received one-on-one coaching from mentors to refine their presentations prior to competition. Judges evaluated the pitches and determined companies in which they would invest a virtual $1M.

There were 3 sessions – Digital Health, Connected World, and Mobility. In Digital Health, BrainCheck took first place. In Connected World, Artiphon took first place, and CarForce took first place in Mobility. Prize donations came from companies Microsoft BizSpark, Founder Suite, and SkillGigs.

“The new venue at Ballet Austin was stunning and our finalists performed well. I’m excited to watch them progress. I really enjoyed the thoughtful questions and feedback from our judges,” said Greg Wright, founder of HATCH pitch.

The HATCH pitch judges were Aya Zook (Microsoft Ventures), Jenny Fielding (Techstars), Ben Wilson (GE), Craig Cummings (RideScout), Jay Steinfeld (Blinds.com), Kerry Rupp (True Wealth Ventures), Dylan Boyd (R/GA Ventures), Lynne Chou (Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers), Jeff Valk (Admetsys), Dominic Ybarra Ekarius (Technology PR Lead), Krishna Srinivasan (LiveOak Venture Partners), Justin Graham (Hearst Health), and Werner Vogels (Amazon).

Providing an opportunity for the audience and “the crowd” to participate, HATCH pitch and ProTexting partnered to host the Crowd Favorite and Social Favorite contests. The top places went to Integrated Bionics for Social Favorite, and Luminostics for the Audience Favorite prize.

About HATCH pitch

HATCH pitch is the revolutionary pitch competition for tech startup companies making life better. HATCH pitch is volunteer-run and supported by sponsors like Qukku, Blue Lance, Osha Liang, Mbira Group, Prezi, SkillGigs, ProTexting, and University of Houston.

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